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Salty Topics: Sun-Eating Sea Slugs

Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension

Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Salty Topics: Sun-Eating Sea Slugs

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UF/IFAS Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension Presents

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Sea slugs (not at all related to garden slugs) are a large group of beautifully-colored species found mostly in shallow tropical seas.  Many slug species have formed symbioses of sorts with their food organism and use either molecules or anatomical parts of other species for protection, defense or, particularly interestingly, photosynthesis.  Some species of sea slugs have chloroplasts-the photosynthetic machine of plant cells-and not only use them for photosynthesis, but have acquired functional plant genes to help keep the chloroplasts up and running.  Some sea slug species can last for a year without ever eating food because they “eat the sun”.


 Sidney K.  (Skip) Pierce earned his Ph. D.  from Florida State University in1970. He is Emeritus Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL and Emeritus Professor, Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.  He has been working on chloroplast symbiosis in sea slugs for about 20 years.  He is currently working on comparative transcriptome and genome sequencing and analysis, of both algae and sea slugs with BGI in Hong Kong, as well as the natural history of poorly known sea slug species in both the Florida Keys and the Caribbean Sea. 


 We are happy to host the series at Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702, with refreshments donated from the Friends of Weedon Island (http://fowi.org).

This program is recommended for an adult audience. 

6:45 p.m.   Light Refreshments                                                                                                 

7:00 p.m.   Salty Topics

For more information please contact Libby Carnahan, lcarnahan@ufl.edu or (727) 453-6522

Reservation policy

Before continuing, we would like to make you aware of our reservation policies. Cancellations - If your class is canceled for any reason you will be notified no less than 24 hours prior to class start. We will provide a full refund for cancellations made by Pinellas County Extension. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Payment - We require full payment at time of reservation so be prepared with a credit card to complete this transaction. Refunds - Refunds will be made in the event of a class cancellation or if the registrant requests a refund 24 hours prior to the class time. Reservations - You must be 18 to make a reservation. If you are under 18 and want to attend a class you must register and attend with a parent or guardian.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.

When & Where

1800 Weedon Dr NE
St. Petersburg, 33702

Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension

Pinellas County Extension at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center is proud to offer a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. The goal of these programs is to empower citizens to make informed decisions about natural and cultural resources. Center programs interpret the natural, cultural and archaeological history of the Preserve in order to demonstrate how the environment and people support and shape each other. For more information please call (727) 453-6500.

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